Russell A. Eick, born May 11, 1922, son of Charles Arnold and Helen Elizabeth Eick, passed away peacefully on Oct. 26,2012, at his home in Durham.
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He was predeceased by his wife, Rita (Gauvin), brothers, Edwin and Wilbur, and sisters, Mildred Holzer, Wilma Blakeslee, Shirley Ballard and Rhoda Monthei.
He is survived by his four children, Russell Eick, Jr., Randall Eick and his wife, Patricia, Kim Twerdy and her husband, Jeff and Dawn Eick. He is also survived by his sisters, Alma Goree and Myrtle Leighton, in addition to his five grandchildren, Jody, John, Christopher, Timothy and Justin.
After graduating from high school, Russell was inducted into the army in 1942 at the age of 20. Russell was a TEC 5, assigned as the main gunner on an M-16 half-track with four 50 caliber machine guns assigned to the 486th AAA Battalion, Spearhead Division. He was credited with shooting down the first German plane from German soil during World War II. Russell was the recipient of five bronze stars for his service in battles at Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland Germany, Ardennes and the Battle of the Bulge in Belgium. His battalion also liberated four concentration and POW camps in Germany.
Upon his completion of service from the army, Russell returned to Durham to work as a master carpenter and to raise his family.
Russell will always be remembered for his love of tinkering with mechanical devices and hunting, and the family will never forget his winning smile and sense of humor.
The family would like to extend a special thanks to his attending physicians Dr. Tracy Marquis, Dr. Peter Pace and Dr. Richard Frink for their compassionate care in the final years of his life.
The family will receive family and friends on Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, between 4 and 8 p.m. at the D' Angelo Funeral Home, 22 South Main St., Middletown. A Funeral Liturgy will be at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012, at the Church of Epiphany, 196 Main St., Durham, followed by a graveside service with full military honors at the Veterans Cemetery in Middletown.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the "Antique Veterans" Meriden Senior Center, 22 West Main St., Meriden, CT 06451 or Meals on Wheels, CW Resources, 200 Myrtle St., New Britain, CT 06053.
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Published in The Middletown Press on Nov. 6, 2012